Show Recap – Tampa City Councilman Harry Cohen on Stormwater Issues and Expert Contributor Westfall Roofing

#ThatBusinessShow wraps up week 26 today and wishes all a great weekend.  Remember to find the show on weekdays at 8am on 1250WHNZ and all shows available On Demand all over the web including http://www.tampabayradio.com and on my YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/jamiemeloni and email Jamie@tampabayradio.com for sponsorship and guest opportunities!

Today I welcomed City of Tampa Councilman, Harry Cohen to the show.  Harry is Chair Pro Tem, District 4 and a member of a number of Committees including Chairing the Council’s Finance Committee and is Vice Chair of the Public Safety & City Council Transportation Committees to name a few.  Prior to his role in public service, Harry was the Chief Deputy Clerk of the Circuit Court for Hillsborough County and is now in his 2nd term as City of Tampa Councilman.

In the opening segment, Harry talks about the storm water drainage issues that plague the City, most notably in the South Tampa neighborhoods.  He explains the solution to the problem which involves the use of large culverts that will store the water under the streets and allow the water to drain off in a timely manner beneath the streets rather than on them.  The Council will be proposing a storm water assessment increase in the coming month to cover the costs of the solution and Harry also explains how the issue not only affects South Tampa, but the entire City.  City of Tampa residents currently have an assessment for this on their tax bills that equals roughly $3/month and the proposed increase is projected now to be around $15/month to cover the full costs of the solution.  The referendum is not passed yet and input from City residents is encouraged so please get involved in your community if you have concerns or other input to offer.  Look out for Harry on future shows of #ThatBusinessShow as he will be in from time to time talking about the City and all the exciting growth going on in the area!

On the 2nd half of the show, Expert Contributor and long time supporter of the show, Ryan Westfall, joined the show.  Ryan is the Owner of Westfall Roofing, a family owned business based in Tampa and they have been in business for over 20 years with Ryan taking a leadership role in 2008 after graduating from Eckerd College.  The company was a recipient of the 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award and GAF’s Triple Excellence Award and Ryan was recently featured as an up and coming roofing contractor in the nationally publiched Roofing Contractor Magazine.

Ryan shares some of the ways he has helped grow the company through technology where other vendors have neglected technology advancements.  Through the use of cloud-based computing, Westfall Roofing is able to give their customers instant quotes/bids, photos and warranty information in a quick, easy to access location instead of the piles of papers that many vendors dump on their customers.  The company today has a full staff and many crews with 50 people on staff and is ready for your roofing job today!  Reach out to Ryan and Westfall Roofing at 813-448-3633 or email at ryan@westfallconstruction.com and learn more at http://www.westfallroofing.com!

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Show Recap – Self Driving Cars & Much More with Tim Schock and Charlie the Plumber!

#AmericanPlumber aka Charlie the Plumber joined me in studio today as co-host and part of our weekly #TheRemodelersCorner feature brought to us by Jim Yeager of Yeager and Company, a third generation flooring and remodeling company in Odessa, FL – be sure to visit http://www.yeagerflooring.com for all  your flooring and remodeling needs and mention the radio show for a great deal on your next project!

The show, airing weekdays at 8am on 1250WHNZ can be found all over social media as well as my website at http://www.tampabayradio.com and be sure to like me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/thatbusinessshow for all the show updates and more!

My guest today was Tim Schock, Founder and President of Lightning Capital Consulting, a management and business strategy consulting firm providing services to private equity and investment clients. Tim joined us in studio today to discuss an area he is a frequent speaker of which was the transportation industry, specifically we covered mostly autonomous vehicle technology, aka self driving cars.  Within the transportation sector, Tim was Vice President and Southeast Regional Manager for TransCore, a transporation system company providing system development for tolling (Sunpass), traffic management, and freight and rail services.

Tim speaks of the different levels of autonomous technology on the marketplace of which Levels 1&2 are actively available and consist of basic safety features such as cruise control and automated braking in the event the driver does not react quickly enough.  At level 4 is where we find Google who is in the news from to time with their completely autonomous vehicle and we touch on that topic as well on the show.  We discussed some of the many issues surrounding autonomous vehicles beyond just the obvious safety concerns such as liability issues in the event of an accident; is the manufacturer or the owner liable,  and also the disruptiveness that this type of technology would have on jobs within the industry.

The show is highly segment and entertaining as #AmericanPlumber chimes in with much color commentary and takes us off topic a few times with some rants but that is expected when #AmericanPlumber is in studio.  Be sure follow him on Twitter @charliezplumber and use his hashtag to tag him in Social Media posts to agree or disagree with him, we love to hear it either way.

For more information on Tim and his business, visit http://www.lightningcapitalconsulting.com and please tune into the show weekdays at 8am on #1250WHNZ!

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Show Recap – Couples in Business Talk and Award Winning Toffee to Go!

Working Women Wednesdays featured today on #ThatBusinessShow.  This weekly segment is sponsored by the Working Women of Tampa Bay Networking Group and visit http://www.workingwomenoftampabay.com for all their great events.  Also check out http://www.workingwomenconference.com for tickets to the upcoming State Conference and use promo code Meloni2015 for 10% off tickets.  The event being held September 10th and 11th at the Straz Center in Tampa is an amazing event with many vendors and attendees and is a must attend event for anyone in business!

Jessica Rivelli, CEO and Founder of the group, opened the show with a talk about their upcoming event on August 6th, Marriage and Business : The Ultimate Balancing Act.  This event is from 6pm to 8pm and will be held at the Hollywood Venue located at 9210 Anderson Road Tampa.  Three of the speakers at the event were highlighted on today’s show as well but be sure to visit this link to Register for the this event – http://www.workingwomenoftampabay.com/event-1983903?CalendarViewType=1&SelectedDate=8/29/2015

My 2nd guest was Valerie Lipstein, CEO of Inspired Living Now and a life coach specializing in couples in business.  Valerie has been working as a coach since 2007 and specializing in this area since 2010 and has a passion for assisting couples in business due to her own challenges she and her husband Michael experienced in their joint business.  Today, Michael is her “secret weapon” in business and also specializes in relationship consulting and together they have helped countless couples success in business and their relationships combined.  Her company offers an assessment to gauge the problem areas of the relationship and then works with couples through group coaching, workshops and retreats.

Valerie shares some of her viewpoints on this area in this opening segment and touches on how work / life balance is more about having flexible boundaries with regards to couples in a business.  Its important to schedule regular date nights and avoid the business talk on the dates to have separation in the relationship too.  Valerie also talks on the subject of employee disengagement and how that applies to small family businesses with employees and some of the solutions therein on this segment.  Valerie is a frequent speaker on this topic too and will be speaking at the event on August 6th noted prior and learn more about her and her services at  http://inspiredlivingcoachingservices.com and reach out to her at 509-869-0255 or email at info@inspiredlivingforyou.com for help with your business!

On the 2nd half of the show, I welcomed Lisa and Jim Schalk, Owners of Toffee to Go.  In business together for nearly 20 years, this husband and wife team has grown this business literally out of their home.  Starting out as a simple family recipe to share with friends on the holidays, people began asking how they could get more and the business grew up from there.  Today, they have a warehouse and many employees making 3 different flavors of this award winning toffee.

Lisa shares the story of how Oprah Winfrey picked their toffee as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things in 2013 and that endorsement sent their business skyrocketing.  Lisa had for years talked about getting the product into the Oprah Magazine and onto her list and that became a reality after she sent samples of the toffee to the Magazine and she ran into one of the producers of the Magazine who remembered her and her product.  She asked that he get it in front of Oprah personally and he did and that led to the endorsement.

Lisa and Jim also share some of their growing pains as a couple in business on this segment and they too will be featured as speakers at the upcoming event on August 6th, Marriage and Business : The Ultimate Balancing Act.  This is another great segment with some great stories and tips on couples working together in business and as always you can catch the show On Demand at http://www.tampabayradio.com and the video is also up on my YouTube channel located here https://www.youtube.com/user/jamiemeloni Check out http://www.toffeetogo.com for more information on the product and its delicious, I had some in studio today with them and reach out to them at 813-831-6247 or email at lisa@toffeetogo.com for more information!

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Show Recap – Franchising Opportunities with Murphy Business & Financial and Dis-Advantaged Childhood Mentorship Program

#ThatBusinessShow welcomed Sandee Devine to the show this morning at the top of the hour.  Sandee is Vice President of Franchise Development with Murphy Business and Financial and has over 25 years of experience in the franchising business.  She assists both buyers and sellers in the franchise business and has a wide array of experience and knowledge including contract law, litigation management and trademarks.  As Vice President of Franchise Development Sandee is responsible for franchise compliance, franchise marketing and awarding new franchises and has worked for several national franchise chains.

Sandee speaks of the advantages of using a broker when searching for a franchise opportunity in this opening segment and given her experience as well as the reputation of Murphy Business and Financial, who was highlighted as one of only 6 low-cost franchises that generates over $100,000 annually in  Franchise Business Review’s Top Low-Cost Franchise Report, she is an excellent source to help you buy or sell a franchise.  With over 300 concepts in the Murphy Business portfolio across various industry, be sure to learn more at http://www.murphybusiness.com and reach out to Sandee at 727-725-7090 or s.devine@murphybusiness.com for more information!

On the 2nd half of the show, Carmi Brown, Program Director for Friends of the Children with Eckerd, joined the program.  This program is working as a partnership with Eckerd to provide children affected by disadvantages in life to have the same opportunities as other children and to achieve their dreams too.  Through the use of “friends” or mentors, children are guided through childhood starting at age 5 or 6 all the way through High School.  The mentors spend 16 hours a week with the child working with them on a variety of activities designed to keep their minds enriched and steering them out of trouble.  The primary goals of the program are to see that all participants receive a High School diploma, stay out of the juvenile justice system and avoid becoming a parent too early. The program has over 22 years of experience and has seen a number of children all the way through the program.  Carmi speaks of some of the activities and programs the children experience on this segment and also encourages local business leaders to reach out to assist in the program as they always need funding and sponsors.  To learn more, visit http://www.eckerd.org and Carmi can be reached at 813-294-1888 or cbrown2@eckerd.org for more information!

As always, be sure to listen live at 8am on 1250WHNZ or catch the show replays On Demand at http://www.tampabayradio.com and available on my YouTube channel as well at https://www.youtube.com/user/jamiemeloni  Email Jamie@tampabayradio.com for ways to get involved in the show and we are always looking for partnership and sponsorship opportunities.

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Show Recap – American Idol Turned Interior Designer and Easy Video Solutions with Rapport 24/7

#ThatBusinessShow kicks off week 26 today and airs weekdays at 8am on 1250WHNZ and is available live on http://www.tampabayradio.com.  All past shows available On Demand as well on the site and also videos are published to my YouTube channel located here https://www.youtube.com/user/jamiemeloni – The show is always looking for guest and sponsors, contact Jamie at Jamie@tampabayradio.com for more information!

My opening guest today was Jay Rosenberg, Owner and Founder of Designs by Jay Rosenberg.  Jay’s company specializes in interior design, staging, as well as remodeling and he found his passion for interior design at a young age through trips to homes with his mother.  His talents for design shown through at the empty and lacking homes and quickly people were asking him for assistance in design and paying for his services.  Today, he works with a number of home builders on staging homes as well as Real Estate investors looking to flip their purchases.  Jay is also very involved in the community and talks about his involvement with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Hands Across the Bay as well as Dean Headstrom’s Foundation for Melanoma Awareness on this opening segment.

Jay was also a Season 4 American Idol finalist and tells the story of his pathway to Hollywood on the show.  He was not familiar with the show prior to attending an audition and went to the audition to support a friend and had not intended on auditioning.  After hearing the people in line practicing their crafts, Jay knew he had a much better chance at advancing than what he was hearing and made it all the way to the Top 32, his friend he was supporting did not make it through the first audition ironically.  Jay is a frequent singer at sporting events, belting out the National Anthem for the Rays and other events in the area and even gives us a quick taste of his singing talent at the close of the 2nd segment.  Jay is available for singing engagements as well as Design projects via phone at 727-409-6920 or email at designsbyjayrosenberg@gmail.com.  Be sure to visit and like his Facebook page as well located at http://www.facebook.com/designsbyjayrosenbergfl

On the 2nd half of the show, I welcomed to studio, Steve and Suzie Santorsola, Founders of Rapport 24/7.  This is a Tampa based tech company that specializes in business to business software development with a focus on video.  They were joined in studio by Eric Lamar Smith, a Preferred Provider of theirs and Owner of My Hangout Academy, where he uses Google Hangouts to enhance business owners through the use of Google Hangouts and video and Matt Nelson, an Advertising specialist.  Steve opens the segment with a discussion of their video application that allows for ease of use, on-location video taking through the use of a smart phone or tablet device.  Through their subscription based platform, users can then easily transfer this video to their platform where it can then be disseminated to their social media platforms, resulting in consistent, fresh video information, of which the search engines love.  Users can use the software for video testimonials in the field for instance and this also gives them the ability to capture positive video reviews by handling them on the spot, rather than asking for people to give them at their leisure.

Eric along with Steve and Suzie will be holding a training on this platform as well as much more about Google Hangouts and how they can amplify your business on August 4th from 9am to 4pm and is located at Studio4K at 12501 62nd St N in Largo, FL – learn more and reserve a seat at http://www.socialtripleplay.com.  Also, learn more about Rapport 24/7 at http://www.rapport247.com and reach out to Steve or Suzie at 813-760-2200 or 813-503-0595 for more information.  They are also available via email at steve@rapport247.com or suzie@rapport247.com!

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